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Female Fashion – A Man’s Perspective

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For the last couple of years I have been seeing girl after girl sporting ridiculous outfits with mesh revealing almost everything without any mystery. Outfits with mesh including mesh dresses, tops, bottoms, and one piece outfits have been seen on all types of girls from average Jane’s to top celebrities. Regardless of the celebrity approval my opinion on these outfits remains as is. This blatant desire to flaunt every bit of skin possible is played out and boring, it shows the sexual imagination of a child at best and real adults, both men and women, appreciate sexual class.

You can lump mesh into my grouping of some of the most played out and uninspired materials for outfits in 2013. Throughout this article I will list my most disliked styles that I have been witnessing in bars and clubs in both Washington D.C. and Orlando throughout the last couple of years. I hope that my advice saves you from looking like a complete mess this fall season.

1. Mesh

Yeah so I am bringing it up again, so what! Mesh used to be a material used in intimate outfits for couples having a good time. Now it’s been relegated to another piece of gaudy club wear for girls that want guys to fawn over them. Don’t be that girl because the guys that actually matter appreciate class. More often than not as a male I have bore witness to guys hitting on a girl solely based on how revealing her outfit is. Now I know that this does not mean that a girl is willing to hook up with someone that night but you are going to get the type of narrow minded guys that feel that way more often than not. Why go through all that trash, just avoid it and wear a dress that requires someone with a keen eye and a slight imagination. Don’t just flaunt it.

2. Studded Heels

Really, why are these even coming back at all? I must attest I saw this more often in Orlando than elsewhere but it’s a horrible trend that just should not be coming back. Studded clothing seems to revive itself often and even though the majority of people dislike the style there will always be people who try and bring it back. My advice is that they simply let it die, and if they don’t well you should.

3. Super Mini Skirts

This is such an indicator of youthful naivety the idea that you would even need a skirt so tiny that your lady bits are almost hanging out is asinine. Watching women waddle around in high heels and those miniskirts is painful to witness as its obvious they require visual attention all at the expense of function, even basic functions like walking. If you want guys to stare at your legs all night long then wear these things but I can almost guarantee you won’t meet a good guy 9 out of t10 times.

Conclusion

Dressing to be sexy doesn’t require you to expose extreme amounts of cleavage on both your upper and lower body. Women can be sexy just by wearing some tight fitting jeans and a classy top that doesn’t expose 40% of your breast. Intelligent, desirable, handsome, successful men value class and they judge you on what you wear quickly. Keep that in mind while you go shopping ladies.

This post was provided by Eduardo Dieguez, blogger for Delish Swimwear in Orlando, Florida. Eduardo ia an avid writer who spent time living in Switzerland as a child helping to foster a culturally open mind from an early age.

Making High Top Shoes Work With Your Style

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You are a woman-on-the-go. You pride yourself on your style sense as much as you pride yourself on your business sense. But, man, do your feet ache after being sentenced to a lifetime in high heeled prison. Those high top shoe wearing sporty gals sure have a step up on you. You are used to making a powerful statement when you walk into a room, but today is a new day. Perhaps it is time to make a statement in a new game. Plus, it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to show your feet some kindness a couple of days a week. So out with the boring power suits and the killer heels, and in with a look that makes a statement about whom you really are.

When you get right down to the heart of shoe fashion, matching your current style with a fantastic and comfortable high top shoe is not as difficult as you might think. High top shoe fashion is currently on the radar of several popular fashion designers. These designers have taken casual shoe comfort and added it to the style of the high top sneaker to create a new genre of shoes. Today’s high top is no longer only reserved for the super sporty tomboy.

Pulling it Off!

So how can you pull off a look usually reserved for sports enthusiasts? The great thing about today’s high top shoe is that it comes in styles that are a modern reflection of their old school style. All you need is a little shopping savvy to find the perfect shoe to match your look and your personality. But the best thing about the new trend in high top shoes is that you don’t have to buy a new wardrobe to match your taste in footwear. Today’s high top sneakers have been created in several different styles and are ready to match the woman you already are.

Wildly Sophisticated

Don’t be fooled. Today’s high top shoes can be edgy and sophisticated. Gone are the days when high fashion was reserved for a more youthful figure. With some careful thought and an honest evaluation of your own style you can pull off some fashion choices that would have seemed wild and uncouth 20 years ago. Do not let your age limit your choices. Fun fashion can now be accessed by women of all ages without compromising their sophistication.

Go Bold or Go Home

If you are going to step out into the world of high top shoes to give your look a boost, you don’t necessarily have to leave your conservative self at home. There is a shoe style for every fashion personality. Explore your options and find the perfect fit. Perhaps picking a shoe in a bright color is all you need to add some pizzazz to your wardrobe. Or maybe a wedge heel high top shoe is what you need to change the way you see yourself. The truth of the matter is that the sky is the limit when it comes to how bold you want to go. High top shoe fashion allows you to set your own boundaries.

No Need to Sneak Around

The high top shoe has become the recent plaything of several fashion designers. This makes it even easier to find a high top sneaker that fits your style needs. High top shoe styles range from sporty chic to sassy oxford to sexy animal print. With a trendy shoe to fit the needs of any occasion there is no need to sneak around. High top shoes are a fantastic and stylish alternative for a woman on the go. They range in price from completely affordable to fashionably expensive.

Don’t let your fear of change hold you back. Fashion is accessible to everyone, so why not you. Start with your feet, and don’t let your old school ideas about high top shoes limit you. Be bold and adventurous in your style; what do you really have to lose. So kick off those killer high heels and prepare to liberate your feet and your style with comfort. The sense of confidence and comfort you gain as you move through life will be your reward.

This article was written by Arial Plocek, who believes that spicing up one’s outfit with high top shoes or low-tops wouldn’t hurt at all.

To Wedge Or Not To Wedge, That Is The Question

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Forget what Shakespeare said, the most important thing on my mind right now is whether or not to invest in a brand new pair of wedged heels. Of course, I already own several pairs of these beauties but a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes and as styles regularly come in and out of fashion, it’s essential to keep on top of the latest footwear trends.

With that in mind I’ve decide to draw up a list of pros and cons when it comes to wedge heels. Hopefully this will help me make up my mind …

Pros

  • They’re super stylish – wedges are a timeless classic.
  • Wedged heels are really versatile – team them with skinny jeans, a knee length dress or even a sharp skirt for a smart look to the office.
  • They’re easy to walk in – especially if you usually struggle to walk in heels.
  • They’re really comfortable – so much so, that you can dance the night away in a pair and your feet won’t hurt a bit.
  • They make you taller – which is great for me as I’m a short one.
  • They elongate your legs and make them appear slimmer – find me a girl who doesn’t want that?
  • Wedged heels are chunkier which helps to slim larger ankles.

Cons

  • They can make your feet look a bit clumsy – especially when teamed with tight fitting clothes.
  • Wooden or cork wedges are low maintenance – but really don’t work with that little black dress.
  • Wedges are not as dressy as other heels – so teaming them with party outfits may be difficult.
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My favorite wedges.

If I’m being totally honest, it was really difficult to think of any cons, and it’s clear from the two lists that wedge heels come out on top with obvious success, so it’s definitely thumbs up to wedge heels.

Okay, so now I’ve managed to convince myself, and hopefully you too, that wedge heels are a worthwhile investment, it’s time to consider potential outfits to pair them with.

Cork wedges look fantastic on a summer’s day, teamed with a casual floaty sundress and a big pair of sunglasses. They’re also great for garden parties as you won’t find yourself sinking in to the muddy grass because the weight of your foot is more evenly distributed.

However, wedges also look great with both skinny and flared jeans. Choose flared jeans for a 70s vibe and balance out your proportions by pairing your wedge heels with a pair of your skinniest jeans. Brighten up a pair of dark washed jeans with some red wedges for a more glamorous evening look.

When the weather starts to get warmer, team your wedges with a pair of shorts or an A-line skirt for a cool and casual daytime look that errs just on the right side of dressed up without looking too much.

If you haven’t already got a pair of wedge heels, what are you waiting for? Ensure you look right on trend this season with a pair of stylish wedge heels.

 

Guest blog contributed by Lauren Jones, a shoe-a-holic with an obsession for soyoushoes ladies shoes.

Can’t Walk In Heels? Try These Top Tips!

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Ever since Christian Louboutin skyscraper platform heels became popular with celebrities, worn by everyone from Victoria Beckham to Kim Kardashian and every supermodel in between, it seems like heels have been getting higher and higher.

Toweringly high heels may give the petite a height boost and make legs look longer and leaner, but they are terrible for those of us that simply can’t walk in them. Thousands of women all over the world who find it painful and even dangerous to wear high heels, but they do it anyway simply because they want to be tall, long-legged and most importantly – fashionable. Not only does it hurt to wear heels when you aren’t used to them, but you can also end up looking ridiculous as you totter and limp around in expensive designer shoes that are killing you.

If you can’t walk in heels but you’d still like the benefits that go with stilettos and platform heels, you will need to learn how to wear them. Remember these tips:

  • Go for good quality heels. Cheap and poorly constructed heels will not give you the support you need to walk in them comfortably and safely. After all, making super-high heels that you can walk in without falling over is a science, and some would say an art form. If you want heels you can walk in, steer clear of the dirt cheap ones.
  • Avoid wearing heels when you have far to walk. Even those who have been wearing heels for years will end up sore and hobbling if they have to walk very far in their heels. So, before throwing on a pair, think about where you’ll be going and what you’ll be doing.
  • Walk heel to toe. You might think that you should be on your tip toes when walking in heels, but it can be far more comfortable to walk heel to toe just like you would in flat shoes.
  • Practice. Practicing walking in heels not only makes you more confident and comfortable in them, but it can also break in a new pair so that they fit better.
  • Put gel pads inside your shoes – these pads are specially designed to cushion the balls of your feet so that your high heels don’t hurt, meaning you can wear them for longer.

Wedges – the best alternative to heels

If you’ve tried these tips and still find heels a nightmare, there is an ideal alternative that can give you the height boost you’re after. The number one alternative to heels is ladies wedges, which are significantly more comfortable to wear, easier to walk in and are also very fashionable right now.

Christine Felton is a writer at Fashion Union provider of on trend women’s clothing in the UK.

5 Flat Soled Alternatives to Heels

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Despite the protestations of the editorial team at Vogue, gone are the days in which sacrificing comfort for the style of a pair of vertiginously high heels is the only way a lady can dress in an acceptable manner. Stiletto heels are no longer the only choice of shoe a fashion conscious lady can wear and not only are flats considered an acceptable alternative, many brands are considered equally as elegant, chic or on trend in their own right. For those looking for flat shoe choice for their feet, here are a number of options to consider:

The High-Top

Trainers are becoming more and more in vogue for fashionistas across the globe. As well as slowly being incorporated as part of high end designers latest inventions (ranging from heeled to wedged sneakers), retro trainers are experiencing something of a renaissance with High-Tops being chief amongst these. Classic Nikes have never been more popular and, in continuing with the latest trend in androgynous footwear, the footwear has crossed over from being sported primarily by male sports stars to female trend-setters.

Brogues

Whilst brogues are most synonymous with sharp male dressers, such as George Clooney who is rarely seen in public without sporting a classic pair, the brogue, and the monk strap variation, have been embraced by those looking to exploit the more female side of androgynous chic.  The style has it’s most famous wearers in the likes of Alexa Chung and have been incorporated into collections by everyone from Victoria Beckham through to Alexander Wang. Sophisticated, simple and a perfect style of shoe for those looking to add a touch of debonair chic to any of their ensembles.

Wellies

Previously the footwear of choice for farmers exclusively, this all changed when Kate Moss popularised the item on her yearly sojourns across the festival circuit. No longer the cumbersome green footwear of old, many high street brands have begun appropriate the styles of the season to pattern wellies and, as such, recent years have seen wellies become incorporated in colour blocked ensembles, adorned with animal print, floral print and retro swirls and patterns. A must have both for the muddy summer and the snow-filled winter.

The Ballet Pump

Ballet flats are one example of a shoe which never has, not is unlikely ever to in the future, go out of style. Boasting comfort in spades, the shoes are a perfect alternative to heels when the wearer is looking at giving their feet a rest from the pain associated with the vertiginous base and precarious balancing associated with many modern high heels. On top of this, ballet pumps are often cute and dainty and can be incorporated into many feminine-style ensembles and, as such, provide an alternative too to the many more androgynous styles on this list.

The Lounge Slipper

As indoor wear, such as onesies, have begun to gain a reputation for acceptable clothes to sport away from the comfort of one’s own house, Lounge Slippers have found an appreciative audience for the ultimate in comfortable footwear.  Whilst far from ideal for extreme weather, a velveteen pair of Lounge Slipper shoes are not only comfortable but add a dash of dandy-ish elegance to an ensemble.

Author Byline: Kieron Casey is a fashion writer who blogs regularly on all the latest developments in the world of style. He suggests Barratts wellies as a perfect alternative to heels in the winter months.

 

5 Truly Walkable and Comfy High Heels

Nothing is worse than wearing a really cute pair of pumps and feeling pain from the balls of your feet to, well, everywhere else. Sigh. Scientifically, women were just not designed to wear high heels. I know—I can already hear the gasps from women reading this whose favorite accessory is their Louboutin stilettos. But be warned, high heels are proven to cause long-term back, ankle and knee damage. What’s more is that women who wear high heels every day can have shortened calf muscles by up to 13 percent—which kind of diminishes the “mile-long leg” theory, if you ask me.

So, for those of you who cannot part with your high heels, here is a list of the five most walkable and comfortable high heels in stores today. But keep in mind, regardless of heel size or comfort, it’s best to wear them sparingly since there is long-term damage associated with repetitively wearing high heels.

The Ankle Strap

One of the most uncomfortable things about wearing a pair of pumps is having to dig in with your toes in order to keep the shoes on your feet. An ankle strap will ensure that the shoe stays exactly where it’s supposed to be—on your foot! This strap will also allow you to move more freely and enjoy the stability of a nice pair of high heels.

The Thick Heel

It’s a no-brainer that thin heels are much less stable than a chunky one. From substantially thick heels to near-wedges, these shoes will give you that height you desire without making you look like a weeble-wobble (you know, Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down). The thick heel will allow you to walk like a model all day long.

The Bootie

It goes without saying that a bootie uses your entire foot as an anchor, rather than relying solely on your toes and your ankles for support. However, with more stability comes stiffer leather, which can be a bit uncomfortable. Therefore, it’s important to find a bootie that gives your toes room to breathe. Trust me, your feet (and toes) will thank you later!

The Wedge

A solid wedge not only provides stability, but it also gives your arches a little bit of extra support too. And ladies, wedges are back in style. Unlike the traditional stiletto, wedges are comfortable and easy to walk in. Even four-inch tall wedges are no problem for long days on your feet—safer too.

The Hidden Platform

A hidden platform means that the pitch doesn’t have to be as steep. Plus, a little toe boost will give you a wee bit of support. Look for shoes that have a hidden platform already built in. This support, in the front of the shoe, will help you last longer throughout the workday or those late nights out with the girls.

 

Author Byline: Liz Granger is a freelance writer with a passion for designer shoes. As a fashionistas in the making, Liz enjoys writing about great looking and comfortable shoes. She believes nothing is more flattering on a woman than a nice pair of shoes.

 

High Heel Problems and How to Prevent Them

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High heels are common or even more common than ever, however that doesn’t mean they’ve gotten any more comfortable. Women have all sorts of problems with heels and podiatrists and orthopaedic surgeons often complain about the wearing of them.

If you don’t carefully choose your heeled shoes you may end up with excessive pressure on the plantar surface – in layman’s terms – the soles of the feet. There’s no doubting that this causes problems for the feet and back and even leads to knee pain and an attractive condition known as hammer toes.

However, wearing high heels is a necessity, looks great and can do your confidence a hell of a lot of good. If you are careful to avoid the mistakes they can offer you all of the aforementioned positives and also few or none of the downsides.

Fit

If the shoes fits wear it; if the shoes don’t fit don’t wear it. Large shoes  will cause your foot to move around in the sole and lead to pain and discomfort. Also be aware of the width of the shoe as this also will make for pain in the longer term.

People often wear heels for years, even decades, however the shape of your foot changes and what once fitted you may not do so forever. These are natural changes due to hormones and soft tissue and you should be aware of these when putting on old shoes.

Height

High heels are often high – no surprise there. This height puts the ball of the foot under pressure and causes problems for the joints. If you must choose high heels, be sure that there is some sole under the front of the shoe. Chunkier heels also relieve some of the pressure. Also, heels positioned further forward in the shoe create more pressure than those positioned at the back and are harder to remain comfortable in.

Coverage and Strap

If the ankle strap is tiny, then you will bear more weight on the front of the foot. This means there is a lot of motion and the shoe will be unsteady when walking. Over a day or so this leads to tired feet and sore toes. Try and choose high heels that offer you a good fit and also offer adequate support. Heeled boots and shoes with thick straps over the arch and ankle are best.

Pointy Toes

A common fixture on the high heel is a pointy toe. It looks elegant, but it also cramps the space at the front of the shoe and makes it harder to remain stable. It can also cause a problem known as hammer foot. Choose wider, more rounded toes over pointed ones as this can prevent all of the above problems.

Wearing heels is a luxury women can afford, once the shoes are apt for their feet and the occasion at hand.

Author Byline: Cormac Reynolds writes for UK clothing site Lyst, which provides a range of heels to customers the world over.

 

Why Men Don’t Wear High Heels

As the years have gone by it seems that heels are getting higher and higher, strangling women’s feet into submission. High heels have become a modern form of foot binding, where women’s health and comfort is sacrificed at the alter of ‘looking good’. The worst part is that it isn’t just socially acceptable but actually encouraged. High heels are often on the uniform in workplaces, they’re ubiquitous in clubs and they’re even creeping into daytime wear. Stilettos are a plague, and they’re catching up to everyone.

There are completely reasonable reasons why women wear high heels: they do give extra height and serve to lengthen and slender the leg. But why do we opt for the most painful pair of heels possible when a slight wedge is often all that is needed to get a great effect. Just to illustrate what high heels are doing to us, here are a list of reasons why men DON’T wear high heels – and why there are alternatives to stilettos that are fashionable as well as comfy.

So why don’t men wear high heels?

Because they want to actually have fun at parties

We all know the girl who sits in the corner at a party, looking rather unhappy, because her feet hurt and she doesn’t want to dance. When I see that girl all I can think is ‘sure, you looked pretty when you walked in but now you just look miserable’. Happy girls are the prettiest girls, so I’m sure a girl attracts more attention having fun on the dance floor instead of spending 10 minutes in heels looking fabulous and then the rest of the night complaining. Men don’t know how painful heels are: they don’t know and most of the time they don’t care. 

Because they’ve stopped listening to the fashion world

Most women wear high heels because it’s the done thing. Nobody wants to standout and look less dressed-up. When heels on runways are so tall that even models fall over, then maybe it’s time to stop listening to Anna Wintour. High heels are fine in fashion magazines because those models only have to wear them for a photo-shoot. When you’re actually trying to live in a pair of heels, then the story is completely different.

Because they’ve figure out how to have height increasing shoes that don’t hurt

Men are just as self-conscious about their height as women, if not more so. The difference is that their methods of adding height to themselves don’t involve strapping pointy death-traps to their feet. Throughout time men have used much sneakier methods to add height, almost all of which are completely painless. By wearing cowboy boots, dress shoes with a Cuban heel and even ‘Beatles’ boots that were popular in the Sixties, men have wore height increasing shoes that don’t make you want to amputate your feet.

All in all, I agree that heels look good – but I just think that smiling looks better. I’m not advocating burning all your heels, but just consider the next time you’re getting ready for a night out whether you’ll have more fun with a smaller, more comfortable heel or even flats. If that answer is yes then put those small heels on and consider that for once, maybe men have gotten this one right.

This is a guest post by Lisa Peteres, an occasional guest-blogger and a full-time fashion enthusiastic. Currently she works for Altitude Shoes, a shoe store selling high heels and shoes that make you taller. When not blogging, Lisa likes to travel and read a lot, especially about psychology. 

 

10 Reasons to Trash Your Favorite Pair of High Heels

A beautiful pair of high heels can be a woman’s best accessory. But that accessory shouldn’t hurt. If your favorite stilettos are uncomfortable, they could be permanently damaging your feet. Before you get back into your next pair of sky-high pumps, read on. It might be time to swap them for a better pair.

Here are the Top 10 reason to trash your favorite pair of high heels:

1.You spend too much time in them. You may love your favorite pair of high heels because they make your legs look super long, but they’re not for everyday wear. Log too many hours in high heels and you can develop chronic foot pain.

2. They’re making your feet ugly. No matter how close you are with your favorite heels, you’ll have to take them off eventually. And when you do you might find bunions, callouses and corns underneath, not to mention a puffy foot. Shoes that aren’t specifically designed for comfort do unsightly damage to feet that makes walking around in your bare feet embarrassing.

3. They hurt. Beauty does not have to equal pain. That stabbing pain in the balls of your feet may seem like a fair trade-off for your favorite pumps, but it could be a sign of permanent, damaging changes taking place in your feet. Plus, there’s no reason to suffer. Quality shoes offer the structure and support as well as beauty to save you from daily pain.

4. Foot problems can be reversed if you catch them early. The longer you suffer with achy, pinched feet, the more you’re changing the structure of your piggies. Switch to a more comfortable pair now and you won’t develop problems that may plague you for the rest of your life.

5. You’re permanently changing the way you walk. When you have a bunion, uncomfortably high heels actually move the bone on your big toe’s base joint. This change in the shape of your foot actually changes the way your foot moves to push you forward. Those changes can make switching to flats uncomfortable later in life.

6. You don’t want to have foot surgery. Teeter tottering on heels all day causes bunions. This irreversible bone damage requires surgery to straighten out. If you manage to avoid bunions you’re still not out of the woods. Hammertoes are another bone deformity caused by high heels. You’ll need surgery to fix them too.

7. You’ll never get those defined calves you’ve been working on. When you walk in flats or sensible heels, you use your calves to push you forward. But high heels push all of your weight forward on your tippy toes. When you’re tipping around up there your calf muscles don’t do any work. You can save hours in the gym by making a little change in your footwear.

8. You’re making permanent changes to your posture. When your heels push your feet forward the rest of your body has to compensate. The lower half of it sits forward to help you keep your balance. Then the top half of you leans back to even you out. Over the years, this pushing forward and leaning back changes the shape of your muscles and puts stress on areas that weren’t meant to be stressed out.

9. You’re getting older. Stilettos are child’s play. Literally. As you age, your feet lose the fatty deposits that make heels tolerable. And the fat that remains gets pushed forward towards the balls of your feet. You’re not just imagining that your favorite pair gets less comfortable year after year.

10. There are better heels out there. It’s not the 1990s anymore. Chunky heels are in. Look for a quality pair of shoes with padding on the insoles. Thick heels will keep you supported without putting too much strain on your feet and posture. If you already suffer from bunions or callouses opt for open-toed shoes. They’ll let your feet relax while you stay stylish.

Your heels may be fabulous but they could be ruining your feet. And no fashion is worth hobbling around in your old age. Especially when there is plenty of fashion out there that supports and nurtures your feet. Buy your favorite styles from a shoe source that you trust. Make the right footwear decisions and you won’t have to trade in fashionable footwear for functioning feet.

Author Byline: Deena Walters is a writer for Uncomfortablefoot.com. If she’s not analyzing retail trends in comfortable heels, she can likely be found driving her 3 teenage boys around to their school activities or practicing yoga with her friends.

 

The Dangers of High Heels

High heels, like the classic Oxford lace-up for men, have been a constant and perpetual fashion staple for the fairer sex. Embraced for formal and informal events alike and worn by all age ranges, even down to toddlers, the shoes show no waning in their popularity. Unlike Oxford style footwear, however, heels can be incredibly dangerous and can cause incredible damages to the wearer’s foot extending much beyond bunions and blisters.

Although the aesthetic value of heels cannot be debated, and the shoes also make the wearer taller, their legs appear longer and their posture to improve, there are an incredible amount of problems that wearing this design can cause to the feet. Long term wearing of heels can affect the bones in the feet as the distribution of weight is not spread out across the entire foot but rather concentrated on the heel and balls. This weight distribution problem can be made even worse with the new design of shoes favored buy the likes of Lucy Liu which feature a high heel shoe design but with the heel removed; the entirety of the body’s weight is not placed exclusively on the balls of the feet.

One of the most common afflictions of the over use of wearing high heels is called metatarsalgia. This affects the metatarsal region of the feet (the technical term for the balls) – the area which gained a degree of fame due to David Beckham’s injury there. It has also been found that the high angles of the shoe can also increase the risk of arthritis later on in a regular wearer’s life. Some of the most obvious health risks associated with high heels, however, comes from their wearers having accidents in them – reports suggest that up to 40% of heel wearers have suffered in some unfortunate accident due to their choice of shoe.

Heels are particularly troublesome for pregnant women. Whereas ballet pumps, sandals and flats do not provide the support a pregnant woman’s feet and knees need, heels provide their own sets of concern. The optimum footwear to sport during pregnancy would include straps to support the foot’s ligaments, particularly fragile at this point, and soft and wide fitting shoes which can accommodate swollen feet and ankles rather than putting more pressure on them.

Although heels have looked immovable as the fashion item of choice in recent years, a new surge in popularity for wedges has offered a viable alternative in the health stakes. Wedges boast the same benefits as heels, in they make the wearer appear taller, with longer legs and better posture, but also provide better support for the feet and arches.

Heels are undoubtedly stylish and look great on their wearer’s feet; they are versatile and can be worn with a range of styles. They do, however, boast a health risk if worn too often. The key is, as those who bring spare shoes with them wherever they go will testify, to make sure that they aren’t worn at all times. Like all good things in life, moderation is the key.

About the Author: Kieron Casey is a fashion blogger for  who writes Barratts about the latest footwear trends. He recommends that, whilst high heels are a fantastically versatile footwear they should be worn in moderation. You can view Barratts latest high heels here: barratts.co.uk/en/womens/heels/

 

The Benefits of High-Heeled Shoes

High heels, platform shoes and high heeled footwear are generally the preserve of women, though some men have been known to use them for a few extra inches – ask former French president Nicholas Sarkozy.

High heeled shoes are understood to offer a range of aesthetic advantages and women find them to benefit in a number of ways – why else would they wear them. So, why do the ladies wear platform shoes?

Tall

Women have been wearing high heeled shoes for thousands of years and they are part and parcel of women’s fashion for a long time now. Of course, one of the main reasons women wears high heeled platforms and high heeled shoes is to gain an extra couple of inches. The fact it’s possible to wear such shoes to gain up to half a foot says a lot. As a lot of women have a certain issue about their size, these heels can make all the difference.

Stylish

Of all clothing shoes are said to be the greatest reflection of a person’s taste and high heels provide an elegant and smart look that can really aid overall appearance. From looking stylish to looking sexy, heels provide it all.

Posture

Heels cause women to stand upright and help bring out the best parts of a woman’s body. This attractive posture often works that little bit extra as it provides women with that extra confidence they require and allows them to carry themselves more attractively than usual. Women who rarely wear high heeled platforms or high heels, however often feel a little odd in heels and so they can have the opposite effect. When you buy new heels, especially if they are higher than you’re used to, practice walking in them at home and then you can avoid this annoyance when you go out.

Legs

High heeled shoes and platform shoes help to enhance the beauty of the legs and can really aid you when you’re wearing a skirt that’s above the knee. Stunning heels can make for stunning legs and really help in making legs shapelier and longer.

Complimentary

Heels also work exceptionally well with some clothes and can really make some clothes look out of this world. High heeled platforms for instance can provide a retro look that can really cause you to look quite cool. Other sorts of heels such as pencil heels look great with skirts and dresses and really create an elegant feel that really adds confidence and makes for an attractive look.

Heels look great on most women and can really allow them to make the most of their assets – why do you think women have worn them for centuries. Of course, you also have to be careful in them as they can cause for sprains and aches if you don’t take care of yourself in them or practice in them – ask the people in Accident and Emergency on a Saturday night for some clarification.

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For a great selection of high-heeled platform shoes take a visit to Peppermint’s wonderful online store.

Top Story: A Quick Style Guide For Wearing Wedges

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Wedge shoes are notoriously comfortable to wear and a lot easier to walk in than high heels or stilettos will ever be, which should make them the perfect choice of shoes if you are like me and still feel just a little bit uneasy and precariously balanced wearing sky-high heels.

Apart from the fact that they are easy to walk in, I still struggle occasionally with the logic of wearing shoes that make it difficult to perform a simple body motion like walking, wedges do an absolutely fantastic job of making your legs appear longer and more lithe.

What more reason do you need to show off some leg than footwear that can make your legs as sexy as high heels do without the discomfort?

Wedges are the perfect excuse to flash those legs in a dress or short skirt. In the Summer you can wear wedge sandals for a casual but sexy look accentuating those calves. Wedge boots and sandals are great for the Summer. I personally like the cut out style wedge boots, all the benefits of a sandal minimizing sweaty feet in the Summer but with no compromise on style or looks. For a really sexy look try wearing them in combination with a cute pair of shorts, if you have the figure go for a pair of cut off denim Daisy Dukes. Think Jessica Simpson but without the cowboy boots. Anyone old enough to remember the original Dukes of Hazard?

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Going Retro

Wedges are pretty versatile and can be mixed and matched a lot more than say a pair of high heels ever should be. The Retro look is a true fashion statement that never seems to go out of fashion so try combining wedge heeled shoes, boots or sandals with some flared retro style jeans for a cool and casual look. If you get it just right the jeans will be just long enough to cover up most of your gorgeous shoes( I know !) but will create a really good illusion that you are actually taller than you really are and that is combined with the small lift from the wedge heel too. Try not to cover the whole of the shoe though, ideally you want some or all of the heel showing to really create that visual trickery of increased height. If you are already tall would you like to be even taller?

Staying on the subject of denim and wedge shoes, if you wear a pair of wedges with skinny jeans they can really create that sculpted look for your legs I mentioned earlier. Important to get a pair of skinny jeans that fit well not just because if they are too tight you may lose all movement in your legs but because if they bunch at the bottom of your leg it does not look as clean as when they fall perfectly at your ankle. If you wear wedge boots with skinny jeans this bunching will be hard to prevent and can look a bit messy as they have a habit of not staying in your boots.

Wedge shoes can help give you height and help make your legs look longer so next time you are shoe shopping consider living on the wedge or getting a wedgucation.

Article Provided By: Barratts.co.uk stock a great range of womens wedge shoes.  A real versatile must have for any womens shoes collection.

Ways To Dress To Make Yourself Look Slimmer

If you tip the scales a bit toward the heavy side, chances are you constantly face the challenge of how to dress for your body type. You don’t want to appear like a big, pitiful mass wrapped in a shapeless shirt, but you have know no other way on how to dress up to hide your extra weight and appear slimmer.

Women’s No. 1 Shopping Mistake

According to Lloyd Boston (author, “Before You Put Hat On”), the biggest mistake women make while shopping is choosing clothes by size number and not by their body shape. A woman may force her body into a size 7 blouse, for instance, even though she has started noticing that size 9 clothes have started to look more flattering on her. This leads her into ending up with a clothing item that’s too small or too unflattering for her to wear.

General Rule of Thumb

Bear this in mind well: forcing your body into smaller sizes will only make you appear heavier. Firstly, it is healthy for a woman to accept and embrace her body, heavy or not—this fond self-acceptance will eventually lead her into respecting her body and choosing styles and outfits that bring out her best assets. As a rule of thumb, disregard the size number and go for what looks best on you. Besides, you wouldn’t want those love handles, muffin tops, or belly fat to peek out of your ridiculously small outfits.

So what do you do to hide your imperfections and flaunt your assets?

1. Choose dark colors – Bright colors draw attention to the area where they are placed, so if you have a heavily built upper body, opt for a range of dark colors to black as your staple shades. Dark colors immediately work up that magic of making you appear smaller than you actually are, so try to plan your wardrobe around these shades. You can then use bright colors to accentuate your best features—if your neck and shoulders are to die for, wear a bold necklace or a dark blouse that’s lined with a bright color along its neckline.

2. Stay away from busy prints – Clothing items with lots of busy, assorted prints on them can make you look larger. Also, avoid horizontally printed stripes, as they give the illusion of having a wider body, which you do not want to happen. Should you need to wear a printed item, choose vertical stripes and strategically located prints (a simple design on your neck and chest area, perhaps).

3. Wear wide leg trousers – Low-waisted pants may not be the perfect style for you as this kind encourages the unwelcome appearance of muffin tops. Instead, get wide-leg, high-waisted trousers or flared pants which uncannily balances the wide hips. However, pair this kind of trousers with a tucked-in blouse so that you do not look fabric-heavy. Finish off with a wide belt: a wide belt always works wonders in slimming down your waist area. A high-waisted trouser with flare cuts give the illusion of elongated and slim legs and a tucked-in blouse with a wide belt wrap-around give the illusion of a contoured upper body–a perfect combination, indeed.

4. Rock a pair of nude high heels – High heels, particularly nude ones that are worn with the kind of trousers described above, elongate a heavy body. The added height also takes the attention off the body size and put more emphasis on how thinner you look when you’re tall. Choose a pair of nude heels that are both comfortable and durable, and one that can easily be hidden inside the flares of your pants.

5. Sashay in a wrap dress – Being heavy doesn’t mean you have no hopes for wearing dresses. With the right kind of dress, you’re sure to look sexy and curvy. Wrap dresses are the perfect style of dress for heavily-built women, as they enhance the ample chest area and downplay the arms, stomach, and legs. A wrap dress is fitted with stitches or belts just above the waist area, contributing to the curvy effect it gives off.

Confidence Is Always Key

Lastly, no matter what slimming outfit you rock, always walk with your head held high and your body in a straight posture. A drooping body posture just contributes to a heavier frame, so always pull back your shoulders and walk with confidence. This will give your overall look its most powerful, disarming finish.

Lisa R. Shoemaker is a published book and magazine writer for both online and print media. She has written articles on a wide range of topics, including “kleitas” fashion shopping, relationships, work ethics, beauty solutions, and mental health.

Platform Heels – Back Like They Never Left

70's inspired platform sandal

New this week to Baker’s website is the once ever so popular 70’s inspired platform sandal coming in at a “Kool” 6 inches! Is the “I wear nothing but heels” lady ready to add, re-add, or pull these out from the back of the closet and set out for a night on the town? And how soon until the male version shows back up???

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